HA Schult

German artist

Born in Parchim, Germany, in 1939, Hans-Jürgen Schult is an artist, best known for his activities in action art. He grew up during World War II, which has been a lasting influence on his work, and from 1958 to 1961 he studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. Many of his works were carried out jointly with Elke Koska, who is considered his muse, and later with the actress Brigit Froehlich and the violinist Anna Zlotovskaya, with whom he currently lives in Cologne. In 1969, Schult attracted worldwide attention with his artistic intervention Situation Schackstrasse, which consisted in covering an entire Munich street with litter, for which he was arrested by the police. But that was just the start; the project grew as Schult found other places in the city to stage the happening. In the 1970s, he moved to New York, marking a turning point in his artistic career, as the city was the epicentre of the contemporary art world at the time. HA Schult was one of the first artists to address ecological imbalances with his work and is currently an ardent activist in the ecology movement. His works, including Flügelauto, Trash People, Hotel Europa, Trees for Peace and Love Letters, are shown all over the world. Back in 1972 and 1977, his Biokinetische Landschaft (Biokinetic Landscape) was shown at documenta, one of the world’s leading contemporary art shows, held every five years.

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